Crude Oil Forecast: WTI Setup for Potential Five-Wave Trend

The highly anticipated and headline grabbing April 17 meeting between OPEC and non-OPEC nations has set the stage for crude oil’s rally. However, some traders and pundits still think the world is awash in oil and an out-put freeze has already been priced in. They anticipate an agreement to freeze production—if reached—would have little near-term impact.

Others believe slipping U.S. oil production is the most likely and more logical culprit for the price rise and could continue to lead the way higher. In addition, the sliding U.S. dollar and Federal Reserve officials’ optimistic statements on Friday morning regarding the U.S. economy and flat interest rates have also been interpreted as bullish.

From a technical standpoint the move up is poised to continue. Last week, WTI held the 62 percent retracement of the move up from $30.67 to $42.49 when prices fell to $35.24. This was important because the move up from $30.67 forms Wave III of a potential five-wave pattern. WTI is now forming a potential Wave V, but must overcome key resistance at $42.8 to prove that is the case. $42.8 is a confluent projection for Waves I and III, so a close over this would shed a much more bullish light on WTI.

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Look for initial resistance at $40.9 and $41.6. These are important projections for the wave up from $35.24 and potential stalling points. We expect to see at least a small pullback (21 to 38 percent retracement) once $41.6 is met. A close over $41.6 will significantly increase the odds of challenging $42.8,

Look for support at $38.7 and $37.3. A close below $37.3 would indicate the move up has likely failed, and that another test of $35.2 will take place.

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Saudi Arabia once again made clear they will only freeze output at current levels if other nations, including Iran, also do so. Iran has balked at the idea and stated objections on numerous occasions. Reports indicate this came as a shock to bullish oil traders, some of whom had thought the Saudi’s softened their tone and have been more willing to discuss a deal.

On Friday, May WTI futures finally closed below crucial support at $37.8. The move down extended on Monday and is quickly closing in on crucial support at $35.3. This is a confluent wave projection for the waves down from $42.49, $39.85, and $39.04. It is also near the 62 percent retracement of the move up from $30.67 to $42.49.

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The confluence of projections and retracements at $35.3 make it a potential stalling point. However, so far, the market has not shown reason to believe the recent decline will end. A close below $35.3 would open the way for $33.6 and lower where extremely important targets protecting the May contract low will be tested.

Prices will likely bounce soon, but that will not mean that the move down is over. Look for initial resistance at $36.6 and key near-term resistance at $38.2. We expect that for the time being there will be plenty of selling pressure upon retracements to these levels.

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Since early February, RBOB gasoline futures have been trending higher, forming a five-wave pattern. We follow a few simple rules when breaking down a five-wave move. Generally, each of the impulse waves (I, III, V) have to be proportional to one another, each of the impulse waves should break down into five-sub-waves, and most importantly, at least two of the impulse waves should be equal.

The May gasoline contract is nearing a very important decision point at 159.5. This is the 0.618 projection of Wave III. Stalling at 159.5 would fulfill our requirements for a five-wave trend because Waves I and V would be equal. In addition, Wave III would be 1.618 the size of Waves I and V.

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Should May gasoline futures close over 159.5, look for 171.0. This is the 2.764 projection for Wave I and the 1.00 projection for Wave III. In this case Waves III and V would be equal.

For the move up to extend to 159.5 in the near-term the 141.61 swing low of Wave IV should hold. This is also near the 38 percent retracement of the move up from 114.88. A close below this would call for 134.4 and likely 129.8.

Right now it appears as though the move up should continue to at least 159.5. Currently, gasoline’s rise is likely supporting crude oil prices too. Therefore, if the move up fails, and gasoline prices fall, they may also lead crude oil prices lower.

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WTI’s move up has been resilient for the past few weeks. The waves up from $29.85 may be interpreted as either a five-wave trend that is still forming Wave III or a three wave correction that has nearly completed Wave C. Technical factors indicate May WTI is approaching a decision point at $43.1.

In either case, whether the move is five waves or three waves, Wave A or I should meet the 1.618 projection at $43.1. A correction should then take place. The correction will determine whether or not the move up is a five-wave trend.

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Key support will be $38.0. This is the 38 percent retracement and is in line with the $37.52 swing high of Wave A or I.

A close below $38.0 would indicate the move up from $29.85 was a three wave correction. There is no evidence yet that prices will plummet to new lows. Therefore, upon a close below $38.0, a trading range in the mid-$30 is the most likely scenario.

Should prices hold above $38.0 and subsequently close over $43.1, the move up is most likely a five-wave pattern that will extend toward the 2.764 projection of $51.9. A move of this magnitude will take time, and should form another sub five-wave count like Wave III has. It will also likely be backed by a positive shift in underlying fundamentals.

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Crude oil continued to rise on Monday as traders anticipate a production freeze that will be discussed by major producers at a meeting later this month. In addition, US production has started showing signs that it is declining. Caution is warranted because the prices rise has become asymptotic, but most technical factors are positive and call for higher prices over at least the next few days.

April WTI confirmed its $28.75 double bottom with the close over $36.28 on Monday. The double bottom’s target is $43.81. This is now a key objective for the relief rally. However, April must overcome a very important $39.2 target before it can make a serious run at $43.8. Most importantly, $39.2 is in line with the 1.618 projection of the wave $28.74 – 34.21 – 30.56. This is a confluent and crucial target because it protects the psychologically important $40.0 level.

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Tomorrow odds are 75 percent for $38.7 and 65 percent for $39.2. We expect to see a pullback once $39.2 is met. Without further help from underlying fundamentals, WTI may be hard pressed to overcome $39.2 over the next few days.

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Look for support at $37.1 and $36.2. These are Monday’s midpoint and open. $36.2 should hold tomorrow. A close below this has 25 percent odds. This would indicate the move up may be in trouble and that a more significant correction to $35.2 and lower is underway.

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By Dean Rogers

Crude oil continued to rise on Monday as traders anticipate a production freeze that will be discussed by major producers at a meeting later this month. In addition, US production has started showing signs that it is declining. Caution is warranted because the prices rise has become asymptotic, but most technical factors are positive and call for higher prices over at least the next few days.

April WTI confirmed its $28.75 double bottom with the close over $36.28 on Monday. The double bottom’s target is $43.81. This is now a key objective for the relief rally. However, April must overcome a very important $39.2 target before it can make a serious run at $43.8. Most importantly, $39.2 is in line with the 1.618 projection of the wave $28.74 – 34.21 – 30.56. This is a confluent and crucial target because it protects the psychologically important $40.0 level.

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Tomorrow odds are 75 percent for $38.7 and 65 percent for $39.2. We expect to see a pullback once $39.2 is met. Without further help from underlying fundamentals, WTI may be hard pressed to overcome $39.2 over the next few days.

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Look for support at $37.1 and $36.2. These are Monday’s midpoint and open. $36.2 should hold tomorrow. A close below this has 25 percent odds. This would indicate the move up may be in trouble and that a more significant correction to $35.2 and lower is underway.

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By Dean Rogers

March WTI pulled back from its $31.53 swing high made in early trading Tuesday after several nations, including Saudi Arabia and Russia, agreed to freeze production at current levels.

While this might be a step in the direction of a long-term recovery, halting output at current levels would do little for a market that is already oversupplied.

In addition, and most importantly, the deal is strapped with a major caveat: Iraq, Iran, and other large producers would also have to halt production increases. Reports indicate that Iran has balked at the idea of halting production levels as they aim to return their output to presanctions levels.

Regardless of the reasons for the move up, from a technical standpoint, the outlook for oil remains weak. WTI was due for a correction when the 1.382 projection of the wave $34.82 – 29.4 – 33.6 was met at $26.05. There were also plenty of positive technical factors leading into the correction. However, the move up stalled at $31.53 when several intraday momentum indicators, including KaseX, triggered overbought signals. In addition, $31.53 was near the 62 percent retracement of the decline from $34.82 to $26.05.

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Prompt month March futures have already retraced 50 percent of the move from $26.05 to $31.53. March is now poised to test support at $28.3. This is Friday’s midpoint and near the 62 percent retracement. A close below $28.3 would call for $27.3, Friday’s open, and then $26.7, the last target protecting the $26.05 low.

There is an outside chance that the move up could continue, and corrections of such a swift decline are bound to take place. Prices must overcome at least $30.5 to show the upward correction will possibly extend to $32.1 and higher.

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By Dean Rogers

Fears of a persistent supply glut still weigh heavily on the minds of traders. In addition, media reports stated that last week Saudi Arabia slashed prices on its highest-quality crude oil destined for Europe and Asia. Some are interpreting this as a signal that Saudi Arabia is still willing to deal with low prices, therefore, production cuts will not take place any time soon. A weaker U.S. dollar could support WTI, but the charts tend to indicate key support will be tested in coming days.

Last week’s brief rally on Wednesday was reportedly fueled by the declining dollar. However, the move stalled on Thursday and prompt month WTI futures have fallen to $29.57 so far. This is just above crucial support at $29.4, and the near-term outlook hinges on whether or not this objective holds.

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A move below $29.4 would take out the wave $27.56 – 34.82 – 29.4 and its potential to extend to $33.9 and higher. In addition, a close below $29.4 would call for at least $28.2, the last support level protecting the $27.56 contract low. Odds favor a decline to $28.2 because prices have already closed below the 0.618 projection of the wave down from $34.82.

That said, the move down will continue to be a grind. Resistance at $30.8 and $31.4 may be challenged before prices fall below $29.4 and extend to $28.2. We expect the latter to hold. A close over $31.4 would call for $32.8, which then connects to key resistance at $33.9.

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By Dean Rogers

Last week, speculation that a possible meeting next month between Russia and OPEC to discuss production cuts fueled WTI’s price rise. This would be the type of transition that needs to take place for oil prices to recover over the course of the long-term. However, many are skeptical, and some reports indicate that this may be nothing more than verbal attempts to keep prices from aggressively sliding lower.

The market’s hesitance to push higher became evident on Thursday when March WTI stalled just above the $34.4 projection of the wave $27.56 – 32.74 – 29.25. The pullback from $34.82 formed a blow-off high and Friday’s evening star setup was confirmed by Monday’s decline. WTI has already retraced nearly 50 percent of the move up, and is poised to continue its decline.

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The move down has been confirmed by KaseX sell signals (purple diamonds), and WTI is now sitting just above crucial support at $31.1. This is a highly confluent wave projection and retracement. A close below $31.1 would call for $30.3, and at best, would indicate prices are going to settle into a trading range while the market sorts itself out. Given the magnitude of Monday’s decline, WTI could be hard pressed to hold $31.1 and $30.3.

Trading has been erratic over the past two weeks, and last week prices also pulled back significantly to test support at $29.25 early in the week. There is an outside chance that the move up will continue, but for now, we expect that Monday’s $32.7 midpoint will hold. A close over $32.7 would call for $33.5 and possibly $34.4 again.

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By Dean Rogers

WTI’s rally from $27.56 late last week was sparked by a few positive technical factors such as a daily bullish engulfing line and momentum divergence. These are factors that would normally accompany a major turn. The move up was a bit over exuberant though, and has stalled at $32.74. Major support at $29.6 is already being tested, and it looks like the rally might be short lived.

Technicals will generally lead the way when a turn is taking place. However, markets, especially the energy markets, have a propensity to overcorrect after being so deeply oversold. To sustain the move higher a shift in the underlying fundamentals must take place. Given today’s pullback, it looks like the market is doubtful that will be the case. The move up is not doomed (yet), but major support is being already being challenged.

The rise from $27.56 unfolded as five-waves that stalled at $32.74, the trend terminus (Y^3/X^2) of Wave I. The decline from $32.47 might be a three-wave correction. However, prices are testing major support at $29.6. A close below $29.6 would call for $28.6 and then a retest of the $27.56 low.

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Give the confluence of support at $29.6 a test of resistance could take place early tomorrow. First resistance is $31.1. However, WTI will need to close over $31.8 to have a shot at moving higher again later this week.

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